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October Interviews
10/2 Debra H. Goldstein, Two Bites To Many
10/10 Connie Berry, A Legacy of Murder
10/17 Lida Sideris, Double Murder or Nothing
10/23 Toni L. P. Kelner writing as Leigh Perry, The Skeleton Stuffs A Stocking
10/30 Jennifer David Hesse, Autumn Alibi

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
10/5 Ang Pompano
10/12 Eyes of Texas Anthology Writers
10/19 Neil Plakcy

WWK Bloggers: 10/26 Kait Carson


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

KM Rockwood's "Frozen Daiquiris" appears in The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, edited by Judy Penz Sheluk. The anthology was released on June 18th.

Fishy Business anthology authors include KM Rockwood, Debra Goldstein, and James M. Jackson. This volume was edited by Linda Rodriguez.

Please read Margaret S. Hamilton and Debra Goldstein's short stories (don't ask about their modus operandi) in a new anthology, Cooked To Death Vol. IV: Cold Cut Files.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30.


Sunday, January 20, 2019

I Can See Clearly Now: Part 2

Two weeks ago, I wrote about my first cataract surgery and the challenges I faced leading up to the second surgery. A little over a week ago, I had that second surgery and now truly can see clearly.
Still not allowed to wear makeup,
but I can SEE!

Second Eye Syndrome:

For those of you about to have your cataracts removed, this is another tidbit they may not tell you about. I learned of it the day of my second surgery. Just when I thought I knew exactly what to expect, they informed me I was wrong.

It started when I spoke with the anesthesiologist prior to heading into the operating room. I’d had no memory of the first surgery. I remembered being rolled into the room, and the next thing I recalled was being asked what kind of snack I wanted. I was fully dressed with no idea whether I’d done it myself or been assisted by the nurse. Honestly, I was fine with that. Wake me when you’re done. Ah, but it doesn’t work that way. The anesthesiologist told me it was common for a patient to have much clearer memories of the second procedure.

What? No. Please, give me temporary amnesia!

He was right. They wheeled me into the operating room. I thought, okay, I can black out now. Instead, I was conscious the whole time. In the week since the operation, the details have faded, like a vivid dream that gradually drifts away. The good news for anyone heading into cataract surgery and is squeamish…I never saw them coming at me with a scalpel. I felt no pain, no cutting, no pressure. All I saw was three white lights. The surgeon had said they’d look like marshmallows. And they did.

The next time I heard of Second Eye Syndrome was when the nurse wheeled me out to my car and I complained about my eye really burning, something I hadn’t noticed the first time. She told me it was common for a patient to feel more pain or feel it more intensely on the second eye. Perfectly normal. Oh, goody.

I’ve since read up on this syndrome. According to the article, patients who breeze through the first surgery with no pain, often go into the second one without the stress or concern they’d experienced prior to the first. But then they remember more of the surgery, like I did, and feel more discomfort.

Here is where my experience parted company with the article. I did feel some minor discomfort following my first surgery. Other than that initial burning, which cleared up by the time I arrived home, I’ve had a much easier go of it this time. Less discomfort. Less light sensitivity.

And my brain is overjoyed that both eyes are back in sync.

So yes, there is definitely such a thing as Second Eye Syndrome. Your experience with the second eye won’t be the same as it was with the first. But it won’t necessarily be worse either.

No matter. It’s worth it. The pain and discomfort are fleeting.

And the improvement in vision is amazing. 


KM Rockwood said...

So glad to hear everything went well, and you are happy with the results!

Annette said...

Very happy, KM. Also very happy that it's over.

Liz Milliron said...

Yay for clear vision!

Margaret Turkevich said...

So happy the whole mess is behind you! Are you glasses free? Readers? Is it weird waking up in the morning able to see?

Kait said...

Bionic eyes are the greatest! Glad that it went well and you are enjoying yours.

Annette said...

Margaret, I love being able to see in the morning. Weird, yes, but wonderful. I still feel like I should take my contacts out at night and recede back into blindness! Haha! I need weak drug-store cheaters to read, but I can see fine to work on my office computer.

Kait, a few days after my first surgery, my hubby dropped a screw off the side of our porch. Tiny little thing. And I was able to spot it while still standing on the porch. That was when I knew I loved my new bionic vision!

Billie Jackson said...

I would worry to death if I heard of Second Eye Syndrome when I needed cataract surgery on both eyes. I may not need it, that is still open, but I will feel better having read of your experience. I am so glad that all went well for you and the world is a brighter place now.

Warren Bull said...

Yah! I was lucky to be spared second eye syndrome

Annette said...

Billie, it really isn't anything to worry about. That's basically why I wrote this. I'd rather know what to expect than to wonder if what I'm experiencing is normal or not.

Warren, I suspect most people are. But just in case, it IS a thing and it's nothing to be concerned about.

Jim Jackson said...

Annette, it’s great that both surgeries went well and that your vision has greatly improved. This Mr. Magoo is still waiting for my day.

~ Jim